01/15/2013 5:31PM

Dutrow's suspension to start Thursday, barring federal injunction

Barbara D. Livingston
Trainer Richard Dutrow Jr. said he intended to go to federal court Wednesday to seek an injunction that would prevent the New York State Racing and Wagering Board from enforcing a 10-year suspension beginning Thursday.

Richard Dutrow Jr., the embattled trainer, said Tuesday that he intended to go to federal court in New York on Wednesday to seek an injunction that would prevent the New York State Racing and Wagering Board from enforcing a 10-year suspension beginning Thursday.

In a brief text message in response to a reporter’s question Tuesday of when he intended to seek the injunction, Dutrow said “tomorrow.” The attorney said to be representing Dutrow, Mitchell C. Elman, did not return a phone call Tuesday.

Also on Tuesday, New York Attorney General’s office officials confirmed that Dutrow’s 10-year suspension was to begin Thursday, barring a decision by the federal court Wednesday to grant Dutrow a stay. The attorney general’s office represents the New York State Racing and Wagering Board, a state agency.

Michele Hook, deputy press secretary of the New York Attorney General’s office, said Tuesday that the board has informed the attorney general’s office “to oppose any application for a stay” in federal court.

Dutrow had one horse entered at Aqueduct on Wednesday, in the ninth race. He has one horse entered on Aqueduct’s Thursday card, and no horses entered for the Friday card. If the suspension is enforced Thursday, Dutrow’s horse will be scratched, and the 60 horses under his care will need to be transferred out of his barn in order to be eligible to run again. In New York, stewards have the power to review those transfers. Dutrow, 53, was suspended for 10 years by the New York State Racing and Wagering Board in October 2011 and assessed a $50,000 fine. However, Dutrow received a stay of the penalties immediately after they were issued, allowing him to continue to train as he sought to overturn the board’s decision in state court.

Early last week, however, the state’s highest court, the New York Court of Appeals, rejected Dutrow’s request to hear the appeal for the second time in the past three months, exhausting his legal options in state court. Dutrow’s attorney was served with the court’s order on Friday, triggering the start of a five-day waiting period until the stay could be lifted.

– additional reporting by David Grening

Daresoar More than 1 year ago
I have trained for over 30 years and said in my book and before congress that I believed that 85% of trainers are giving something illegal on raceday!! It has turned into a culture and has been going on since I have been in the sport. The people in charge of the integrity of our great sport are the ones that should be getting a ten year suspension, They have gone out of their way to make it easy to cheat. www.sportofkingsbook.com
John Stevelberg More than 1 year ago
See ya in ten !
robert More than 1 year ago
dutrow no different than lance armstrong
Rob Smoke More than 1 year ago
I've witnessed enough lifetime to know that Dick's crimes are no worse than those of other trainers. Racetrack management is always worse. NYRA has routinely booked jump races where half the field goes down; they've cancelled due to heat, but they still always let washed-out horses with no chance enter the gate, the unpublished workout angle comes in constantly with maiden races that tilt the value of pick-six bets against people who aren't insiders; they cut the warm-up time for horses down to a minute on cold days, making suspensory pulls and other problems more common -- not to mention the fact that you can't view the warm-up before betting; Maybe Dutrow is guilty as sin, but the people holding the dagger are no better.
Craig Cantrell More than 1 year ago
i couldn't agree anymore...this great game continues to decline because of the people in charge...I mean do we really need two days of the breeders cup of watered down races...two year old races are only 3 months away...safety first...yeah right
Robert Smith More than 1 year ago
Awesome post . This industry cant solve its problems by only scraping away the superficial.
Philip Spina More than 1 year ago
If any of you people out there really knew RD I'm sure you would all have a different opinion. I feel should should look at some of the incidents before casting such a harsh judgement on such a great trainer.
E.A. Nadelman More than 1 year ago
Guy is a cheater. Plain and simple.
walesfoodmusic More than 1 year ago
dickie is merely the tip of the iceberg
PeterG More than 1 year ago
At Breeders’ Cup, a Volatile Mix of Speed and Drugs http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/04/sports/04racing.html There's a list in that article of the trainers with the most drug violations. Dutrow is #2 on the list. By the way, that's only the times they got caught. Who knows how many hundreds of times those thieves/cheaters on that list got away with it and didn't get caught.
neigh sayer More than 1 year ago
The article you refer to is from 2010 and is not the most drug violations as you state. It is the frequency of drug violations using the number of starts per drug violation. You are clear that Dutrow is #2 on the list but fail to mention that Baffert is #3. So if Dutrow should get 10 years, should Baffert get 8 years? If you want to get a total of drug violations at the time the article was written we can do simple math dividing the number of starts by the number of violations per that article, and we get a new list that looks like this using the top ten known trainers on that list. Asmussen 26 Hollendorfer 25 Sadler 23 Baffert 20 Dutrow Jr. 18 ONeil 11 Pletcher 5 In keeping with your logic of this being about drug violations, then you have to ban 4 trainers before you get to Dutrow. And an additional note. To my knowledge, all of Bafferts drug violations came before 2005, so it's not hard to imagine that he might have been #1 on that list by 2004. So again keeping with your logic should Baffert and possibly a few others have gotten 20 years beginning in 2005? I'm just making a point.
Tony Regalbuto More than 1 year ago
Well you can't just say.... It's ok Mr Dutrow, the other guys are just as bad, so please try and do better. This is not school. It shouldn't matter that other trainers out there have a laundry list of violations.....the point is these are bad times for racing, and the cleanup has start somewhere...Dutrow is only the first, and I assure you he wont be the last!
Horse Cents More than 1 year ago
Tony, I think you missed the point. 10 years for a guy we don't like, while we ignore the ones we do like. Seems like you're the one still in grade school.
Tony Regalbuto More than 1 year ago
You know Dutrow is in this mess because HE'S in this mess...nobody put him there!
Jeffries Will More than 1 year ago
finally, common sense prevails
Robert Smith More than 1 year ago
Yea you're right Tony steps should be taken , and they should apply to everyone . This should concern you a little more. Arbitrary power!
Robert Smith More than 1 year ago
Dude if you hate Horse racing so much go camp on a casino website. Or are they paying you to be here?
Tony Regalbuto More than 1 year ago
I dont understand some of you people supporting Richard Dutrow. I understand this is Dutrow's life, but why wasn't he more respectful of the sport? Why break the rules time after time? Dutrow has no face. He never cared about the sport he was involved in all his life!!! He never stopped breaking these rules, his numerous violations after getting caught attest to that. The racing industry has been to lenient with this type of trainer, and the industry needs to come down hard on these people. Perhaps if they hit Dutrow hard long ago, he may not be in this position.
Albert More than 1 year ago
We had a guy in Louisiana who got ruled off for far worse stuff than Dutrow ever did and what was the outcome? His girlfriend was leading trainer in New Orleans for a couple of years until the guy got reinstated. Ooops.
PennNatRick More than 1 year ago
Did Dutrow really need to cheat? He won a training title under great scrutiny and oversight. Willy Beamin's win in the King's Bishop is a great feat for him in 2012. Highly doubt the feds will give him a stay.